SACP condemns protest violence

2013-08-27 22:32

Johannesburg - The SACP on Tuesday condemned violent protests at the Germiston Civic Centre in Ekurhuleni by a group claiming to be military veterans.

"While the SACP fully understands and supports the legitimate demands of our ex-combatants, we condemn the use of violence against organs of the democratic state, that were a product of selfless sacrifices by the gallant forces and martyrs of our entire liberation movement," said SA Communist Party (SACP) Gauteng spokesperson Lucian Segami.

"The purpose of the protest was apparently to highlight and bring to the attention of the city the plight of ex-combatants," Segami said.

On Monday, the Ekurhuleni municipality said a group of people calling themselves military veterans arrived at the Germiston Civic Centre.

Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said around 100 people trashed and looted the centre, which accommodates the executive mayor, speaker, chief whip, staff and political parties.

They damaged furniture, fridges and computers and stole items.

Several staff members were injured in the unrest, and others had to receive counselling.

Around 60 people were arrested and charged with theft, vandalism, trespassing and assault. They would appear in court soon.

Dlamini did not believe the attackers were military veterans.

"We had a bunch of people masquerading as former MK [Umkhonto we Sizwe] members," he said.

"Surprisingly, some of them were in their mid-20s. They were not even born during times of the struggle."

He said it was not clear what the group wanted, as it did not communicate any demands to officials.

On Monday, the military veterans' department condemned the violent protests.

"We urgently call on those involved to immediately desist from violent action lest they face the full might of the law," said director general Tsepe Motumi.

"While military veterans, like any other citizens, have a right to peaceful protest, violent protests are totally unacceptable," he said.

The SACP called on ex-combatants to use the existing platforms to channel their demands and concerns.

  • Mike Swart - 2013-08-27 22:41


  • Jon Low - 2013-08-27 22:49

    "While the SACP fully understands and supports the legitimate demands of our ex-combatants..." It's precisely this sort of hand-wringing support for the looting lumpen proles that encourages them to make their usual traditional mayhem whenever they don't get their own way immediately.

  • John Tex - 2013-08-27 23:39

    Hey it's the only way they know look at the rest of Africa .

  • Lungiswa Lungiiswa - 2013-08-28 04:15

    Who cares what the sacp says? It must just shut up and continue parasiting the ANC because without the ANC the sacp is dead but the converse is not true.

  • Dlayani Tivani - 2013-08-28 04:43

    They need piece of what the Anc,cosatu and Sacp are enjoying !you promise job, Good Houses, free Education and you fail to fulfil yo Promise but instead you enjoy S.African wealthy alone .more protest are still COMING watch News24 .

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-08-28 06:37

    Where ever you go in this country people are helping themselves from the govt helping themselves to our taxes now protester are following suite , following the leader

  • Matshane Seleko - 2013-08-28 06:39

    Why doesn't the sacp just call itself the ANC-junior?I mean,it mostly does what the ANC wants it to do.So,it's actually the ANC,only wearing different colours.

  • Andrew M - 2013-08-28 07:17

    So by destroying property is going make more money available to assist in helping these so called veterans. Where is the logic? The government has let the tiger loose and cannot even hang on to the tail. For far too long protest action has been violent with little or no action against the perpetrators so just grows and with it more discontent.

  • PointBlank - 2013-08-28 08:26

    Military veterans in their mid-20's? LOL!!

      Mc Apple - 2013-08-28 09:28

      ANCYL poo slingers. I hear about them in Angola. Apparently they were full of crap.

  • Dave Poole - 2013-08-28 10:50

    The government them selves have to blame for all this, things were promised, and now they don't deliver, we as people are suffering cause of the lies, as for the unions, they causing more problems than solutions, and it just gets worse every year, life gets more expensive, maybe if there were less strikes, maybe things will stablelise then people wont have to ask for ridicules increases, think people, life in SA is getting worse.

  • Nkwapa Samuel Lehong - 2013-08-28 11:19

    What is sacp? Vanguard of Zuma and Gupta Families. Ur a coward stupid and selfness leader. Idiot. The deserve better than Blade who was Ifp member.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-28 19:04

    ANC promises coming home to roost!

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